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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 30 June 2004

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 30 June 2004
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 30 June 2004


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 30 June of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 30 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 30 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Advocate General
1
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Advocate General, if she will list the date and subject matter of each Sewel motion passed by the Scottish Parliament since it was established, stating the Bill or Act, if any, of this Parliament to which the motion referred.
(181802)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
2
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to widen the eligibility criteria for registration with the National Care Standards Commission to include agencies that do not provide personal care for the elderly but do provide domestic care and pay VAT.
(181630)
3
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the infant mortality rates in each health authority in England were in each of the last five years, broken down by social class.
(181707)
4
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate he has made of the cost of raising the stamp duty threshold on residential property from £60,000 to (a) £100,000, (b) £120,000 and (c) £150,000; and if he will make a statement.
(181126)
5
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of abolishing residential property stamp duty for first time buyers.
(181127)
6
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend his Department's gross domestic product deflator series to cover financial years 2009-10 to 2012-13.
(181772)
7
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the Ministry of Defence does not have an administration costs limit.
(181773)
8
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what definition he uses of the term near cash.
(181774)
9
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the levels of inward investment in Scotland for each year since 1990, broken down by source country.
(181649)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
10
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made in merging the Royal Parks Constabulary and the Metropolitan Police; and if she will make a statement.
(181715)
11
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Oral Answer, Official Report, column 6, on playing fields, 28th June, to which cricket pitch in Blaby constituency the Right honourable Member for Sheffield Central was referring.
(181713)
12
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the world heritage sites in the UK.
(181753)
13
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she next expects to meet the Greek Culture Minister; and what matters have been placed on the draft agenda.
(179792)
14
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) procedure and (b) criteria applied for the appointment of British Museum trustees are; and what role she has in assessing the performance of trustees appointed by the Government.
(179820)
15
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will discuss the inter-country loaning of museum assets with the Greek Culture Minister.
(179821)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
16
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength of the Gurkhas was in each of the last five years; and in which countries they were deployed in the armed forces.
(181646)
17
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people wished to be considered for service in the Gurkhas, and what the average selection time was, in the last three years.
(181647)
18
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what quantity of arms, ammunition and other materials have been recovered in the course of Operation Harangue; from which barracks the stolen items originated, broken down by type; and what subsequent action has been taken against the individuals concerned.
(181620)
19
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer from the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, of 18th May, to the honourable Members for Holborn and St Pancras and Tooting, Official Report, column 887W, on Iraq, what the cost to the Ministry of Defence of operations in Iraq has been in this financial year.
(181735)
20
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many vacancies there are for chefs in the Royal Navy.
(181749)
21
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the average employment cost of (a) an officer, (b) a member of other ranks, (c) a non-industrial civil servant and (d) an industrial civil servant in 2004-05.
(181742)
22
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) initial resource provision, (b) in-year variations, (c) resource outturn, (d) gross operating cost and (e) net operating cost for the RAF Logistic Support Service was for financial year 1999-2000.
(181743)
23
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) initial resource provision, (b) in-year variations and (c) resource outturn for the RAF Personnel Management Agency was for financial years 1999-2000 to 2003-04.
(181744)
24
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the responsibilities of the (a) Personnel Director, (b) Pay and Personnel Agency, (c) Defence Vetting Agency, (d) Defence Export Services Organisation, (e) Finance Director, (f) Defence Analytical Services Agency, (g) Defence Bills Agency, (h) Chief Constable MoD Police and (i) Chief Scientific Adviser management groups.
(181745)
25
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the responsibilities of the (a) Defence Estates, (b) Deputy Chief Defence Staff (Commitments), (c) Director Special Forces, (d) Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency, (e) Veterans Agency, (f) Surgeon General, (g) Deputy Chief Defence Staff (Personnel), (h) Defence Secondary Care Agency and (i) Defence Dental Agency management groups.
(181746)
26
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the responsibilities of the (a) Defence Housing Executive, (b) Defence Medical Training Organisation, (c) Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency, (d) Policy Director, (e) Deputy Chief Defence Staff (Equipment Capability), (f) Chief of Defence Intelligence, (g) Defence Intelligence and Security Centre, (h) Internal costs, (i) Programme Account and (j) Nuclear management groups.
(181747)
27
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the responsibilities of the (a) Command Field Army, (b) Command Regional Forces, (c) Defence Supply Chain HQ, (d) Primary Health Care, (e) QVS, (f) DYRMS, (g) Defence Academy, (h) Defence Medical Services Department and (i) Defence Medical Education and Training Agency management groups.
(181748)
28
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list his Department's top level budget holders and their related management groupings for financial year 2004-05.
(181771)
29
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) cash provision and (b) cash outturn was for the (i) War Pensions Benefits Programme costs, (ii) War Pensions Benefits Programme costs - Far Eastern Prisoners of War and (iii) War Pensions Benefits Programme costs - British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association request for resources three subheads in financial years (A) 2001-02, (B) 2002-03 and (C) 2003-04.
(181776)
30
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) cash provision and (b) cash outturn in the financial year 2003-04 was for the (i) Commander-in-Chief Fleet, (ii) General Officer Commanding (Northern Ireland), (iii) Commander-in-Chief Land Command, (iv) Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Strike Command, (v) Chief of Joint Operations and (vi) Chief of Defence Logistics top level budget holders.
(181777)
31
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) cash provision and (b) cash outturn in the financial year 2003-04 was for the (i) 2nd Sea Lord/Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command, (ii) Adjutant General, (iii) Air Officer Commading -in-Chief RAF Personnel and Training Command, (iv) Central, (v) Defence Procurement Agency and (vi) Major Customers' Research Budget top level budget holders.
(181778)
32
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the responsibilities of the (a) Fleet, (b) General Officer Commanding (Northern Ireland), (c) Field Army, (d) 1 (UK) Armoured Division, (e) 2nd Division, (f) 3rd Division, (g) 4th Division, (h) 5th Division, (i) UK Support Command (Germany), (j) Joint Helicopter Command and (k) Land Support management groups.
(181779)
33
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the responsibilities of the (a) 1Group, (b) 2 Group, (c) 3 Group, (d) Deputy Commander-in-Chief, (e) British Forces Cyprus, (f) British Forces Gibraltar, (g) Permanent Joint Headquarters, (h) Sovereign Base Areas Administration and (i) British Forces Falkland Islands management groups.
(181780)
34
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the responsibilities of the (a) Defence Fuels Group, (b) Deputy Chief of Defence Logistics, (c) Defence Communications Services Agency, (d) Defence Logistics Support HQ, (e) Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency, (f) DG Equipment Support (Land), (g) DG Equipment Support Air, (h) Warship Support Agency, (i) Defence Storage and Distribution Agency, (j) Director Land Service Ammunition, (k) Defence Transport and Movement Agency and (l) British Forces Post Office management groups.
(181781)
35
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the responsibilities of the (a) Flag Officer Training and Recruiting, (b) HQ, (c) Naval Secretary, (d) Army Personnel Centre, (e) Adjutant General, (f) Army Training and Recruiting Agency, (g) Army Programme, (h) Service Children Education, (i) General Staff, (j) Personnel Management Agency, (k) Core HQ and (l) Training Group Defence Agency management groups.
(181782)
36
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) cash provision and (b) cash outturn was in financial years (i) 2001-02 and (ii) 2002-03 for the (A) Commander-in-Chief Fleet, (B) General Officer Commanding (Northern Ireland), (C) Commander-in-Chief Land Command, (D) Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Strike Command, (E) Chief of Joint Operations and (F) Chief of Defence Logistics top level budget holders.
(181783)
37
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) cash provision and (b) cash outturn was in financial years (i) 2001-02 and (ii) 2002-03 for the (A) 2nd Sea Lord/Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command, (B) Adjutant General, (C) Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Personnel and Training Command, (D) Central, (E) Defence Procurement Agency and (F) Major Customers' Research Budget top level budget holders.
(181784)
38
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the adequacy of the pension provision made for departmental staff transferred to SERCO-Denholm Ltd under the Marine Services Market test of 1995; and if he will make a statement on the compliance of SERCO-Denholm with its obligations to those employees.
(181582)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
39
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects a third commencement order to bring into force the various remaining leasehold provisions in the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 to be made.
(181710)
40
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what change in addition to the natural population growth of Northampton he expects will take place as a result of the development proposed by the Government over the next (a) 10 and (b) 20 years.
(181657)
41
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimates he has made of the projected population change of Northampton over the next (a) 10 and (b) 20 years.
(181660)
42
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimates he has made of the natural change in the population of Northampton, excluding people moving into the town, over the next (a) 10 and (b) 20 years.
(181661)
43
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place a copy of the Housing Corporation's London allocations statement for 2004 to 2006 in the Library.
(181631)
44
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the new affordable housing to be built in Tower Hamlets in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 will be (i) social housing for rent, (ii) low cost home ownership (LCHO) stock, (iii) LCHO for key workers and (iv) intermediate rented housing for key workers.
(181632)
45
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the assessment of the backlog of housing need used in Chapter 5 of the Barker Review of Housing Supply in the UK.
(181633)
46
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the affordability of new shared ownership schemes in Tower Hamlets to (a) homeless, (b) overcrowded and (c) black and minority ethnic households.
(181634)
47
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average price was of a 50 per cent. stake in a (a) one-bed, (b) two-bed and (c) three-bed shared ownership property in (i) Tower Hamlets, (ii) the East London sub-region, (iii) London and (iv) England in the latest year for which figures are available.
(181635)
48
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Housing Corporation's total cost indicator financing regime on the numbers of family-sized affordable homes being built in London.
(181636)
49
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the Housing Corporation's new partnering regime for registered social landlords building new affordable housing; and what assessment he has made of the potential for greater flexibility in relation to total cost indicators.
(181637)
50
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many and what proportion of new affordable housing to be built in each London sub-region in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 will be (i) social housing for rent, (ii) low cost home ownership (LCHO) stock, (iii) LCHO for key workers and (iv) intermediate rented housing for key workers.
(181638)
51
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of households accepted as being homeless in London between March 2003 and March 2004 were of black or minority ethnic origin.
(181663)
52
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the proportion of homeless households in London who are families with children requiring (a) two-bed and (b) three or more-bed accommodation.
(181664)
53
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 15th June, Official Report, column 851W, on social handling, if he will provide a breakdown by Government Office Region of the proportion of (a) new social housing for rent and (b) affordable housing built in each year since 1990 that had three or more bedrooms.
(181665)
54
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to give his response to the recommendations of the Boundary Committee on local government reorganisation in the two tier areas of the northern regions.
(181792)
55
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission concerning the definition of convincing evidence in paragraph 7.14 of the explanatory memorandum to the Regional Assembly and Local Government Referendums Order 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(181793)
56
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what minimum depth is specified under building regulations for foundations of new buildings of (a) one storey and (b) two storeys.
(181754)
57
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he gives to planning authorities regarding the design and construction of new buildings and the capacity to withstand earthquakes.
(181756)
58
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much housing funding has been allocated to (a) Forest Heath District Council and (b) St Edmundsbury Borough Council in each year since 1997.
(181798)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
59
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many deans of English dental schools Ministers and senior civil servants have met in the last six months to discuss the issue of the NHS dental workforce review.
(181639)
60
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much spending has been allocated to dental school capital expenditure this year as a result of his Department's budget settlement.
(181640)
61
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to make academic dentistry more attractive to dental graduates.
(181641)
62
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many dental clinical academics hold honorary consultant contracts.
(181642)
63
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the Research Assessment Exercise 2008; and whether it will take into account the clinical workload of dental clinical academics.
(181643)
64
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reason the recent funding uplift for England's dental schools does not cover the backdating of extra programmed activity.
(181644)
65
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the Treasury and (b) the Department of Health regarding the NHS dental workforce review.
(181645)
66
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what decisions have been taken by his Department about the capital financing of church schools.
(181658)
67
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what impact he expects the recent decision on the private finance initiative for church schools will have on the capital funding of redevelopment of church schools in Northampton as part of the town's schools' reorganisation.
(181659)
68
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to expand the city academy programme; and if he will make a statement.
(181794)
69
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Local Government Association and (b) education trade unions about the city academy programme; and if he will make a statement.
(181795)
70
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the 20 local authorities that received the lowest amount from public funds on average per child for the education of school age children in 2003-04.
(181796)
71
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Isle of Wight Council about changes to the structure of education on the island; and what funding streams are available to meet costs associated with restructuring, broken down by (a) grants and (b) loans.
(181678)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
72
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions (a) she and (b) her Department have had with Kerrier District Council regarding radon levels in the council's area.
(181712)
73
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many donkeys were imported into the UK in the last 12 months; and for what purposes.
(181687)
74
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what checks and controls are in place to control the importation of donkeys.
(181688)
75
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what animal health checks are carried out on donkeys and other equidae entering the UK.
(181689)
76
Beverley Hughes (Stretford & Urmston):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the status is of the European Risk Assessment for DecaBDE; whether there are restrictions applied to the future use of this product; and whether the voluntary initiatives relating to this product are supported by the Government.
(181803)
77
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of the environmental impact of rail travel.
(181672)
78
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she is taking to improve the welfare of racing greyhounds at non-National Greyhound Racing Club registered independent tracks.
(181785)
79
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action her Department is taking to improve the welfare of racing greyhounds.
(181786)
80
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she is taking to increase retirement provision for racing greyhounds.
(181787)
81
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action the Government is taking in developing waste to energy schemes in the UK.
(181788)
82
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the usage of gasification techniques to convert waste into energy.
(181789)
83
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to make a distinction in regulation between older technologies used for incineration of waste and newer, more environmentally friendly alternatives, with particular reference to (a) gasification and (b) pyrolysis.
(181790)
84
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether environmental legislation treats incineration in the UK in the same way as more environmentally friendly chemical and thermo processes of (a) gasification and (b) pyrolysis.
(181791)
85
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the British Dental Association about the use of fillings containing mercury.
(181670)
86
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost per crematorium of fitting mercury scrubbing equipment to its chimneys.
(181671)
87
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many crematoria were involved in the monitoring carried out by the Department designed to establish mercury levels emitted into the atmosphere after cremation.
(181680)
88
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the amount of mercury present in ashes after cremation.
(181691)
89
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to change the protection afforded to cormorants; and if she will make a statement.
(181811)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
90
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what strategy the Government will use to eliminate the import of illegal cocaine in the UK.
(180565)
91
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the outcome of his recent meeting with the new Foreign Minister for India.
(180566)
92
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria were used to decide to support a full-time chairman for the European Council to replace the present six-monthly rotating presidency.
(180567)
93
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with the Polisario Front about proposals to seek prisoner release.
(181377)
94
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has held with the Government of Sudan on the subject of land reform, with specific reference to the proposals being advanced by the SLMIA in Darfur.
(181378)
95
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to encourage (a) the UN, (b) the African Union and (c) the international community to seek to bring to justice those responsible for recent atrocities in Darfur.
(181379)
96
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he is having with (a) the UN and (b) the African Union on plans to put in place post-conflict reconstruction, including rural development schemes, in Darfur.
(181380)
97
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the additional policy areas and decisions to be taken by majority voting under the agreed European Constitution.
(181690)
98
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to receive the final report of the Iraq Survey Group.
(181759)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
99
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many instances of beauty parlour stroke syndrome have been recorded over the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(180639)
100
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the proposed NHS Card referred to in 2.21 of the NHS Improvement Plan will take the form of an entitlement card; and if he will make a statement.
(181652)
101
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he will put in place to ensure that the Health Protection Agency supports the development of frameworks to protect the patient, as set out in paragraph 2.27 of the NHS Improvement Plan.
(181653)
102
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether patients who may benefit from the Expert Patients Programme will have access to it by 2008.
(181654)
103
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will define hospitals in relation to the NHS Plan target of 100 new hospitals by 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(181655)
104
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health professionals will not immediately be covered by the 18-week target from general practitioner referral to treatment, with reference to paragraph 2.7 of the NHS Improvement Plan.
(181662)
105
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, columns 1453-4W, on pulmonary disease, how he had told primary care trusts to interpret the term aspirational.
(181666)
106
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) sustainability and environmental impact of its private finance initiative (PFI) projects and (b) effectiveness of the PFI process to deliver environmentally sustainable projects.
(181651)
107
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that private finance initiative projects for which his Department is responsible create the minimum of environmental damage.
(181656)
108
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what have been identified as the most significant sustainable development impacts in relation to the operation of his Department's estate.
(181717)
109
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken by his Department to review arrangements for public reporting of its sustainable development impacts.
(181718)
110
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements his Department has to report publicly on its key sustainable development impacts.
(181719)
111
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the non-office sites on his Department's estates which have been identified as being likely to provide opportunities for significant water savings.
(181720)
112
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes there have been in water consumption by his Department in each year since 1997.
(181721)
113
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has joined the Watermark project.
(181722)
114
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress there has been in reducing (a) road transport vehicle carbon dioxide emissions and (b) single occupancy car commuting in his Department against the baseline year.
(181723)
115
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make private finance initiative contracts more accountable and transparent in terms of environmental sustainability.
(181724)
116
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of electricity used in buildings in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies came from renewable sources in each year since 1997.
(181725)
117
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on (i) electricity use and (ii) water and sewerage services in each year since 1997.
(181726)
118
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what parts of his Department's estate are not covered by the commitments set out in the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate.
(181727)
119
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the total floor space area of buildings owned or leased by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies for each year since 1997.
(181728)
120
Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent staff there have been in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies for each year since 1997.
(181729)
121
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies have survived abortions since 1991; and if he will make a statement.
(181650)
122
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ban the use of (a) botox, (b) dysport and (c) related products for cosmetic purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(181805)
123
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people living with osteoporosis in England.
(181760)
124
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department is taking to ensure that patients who have had an osteoporotic fracture, but who have not fallen, receive adequate treatment and management in the NHS.
(181761)
125
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which 10 primary care trusts in England have the largest elderly populations compared with the national average.
(181762)
126
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the population in the area of (a) the Blackpool Primary Care Trust and (b) the Wyre Primary Care Trust are elderly.
(181763)
127
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average wait for an appointment to see (a) the general practitioner with whom an individual is registered and (b) another general practitioner in the practice with which an individual is registered, was in the last period for which figures are available.
[R] (181673)
128
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports he has received of incidents of insufficient decontamination of hospital endoscopes.
(181623)
129
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on measures to ensure sufficient decontamination of hospital equipment, with particular reference to flexible endoscopes.
(181624)
130
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when audits have been conducted into decontamination procedures for flexible endoscopes.
(181625)
131
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the benefits of creating buying groups for drug purchase across all health authorities.
(179791)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
132
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the members of the Advisory Panel on Country Information.
(181800)
133
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will identify for (a) his Department and (b) the agencies and task forces for which it is responsible each funding stream for public services in (i) the Isle of Thanet and (ii) Canterbury City local authority area.
(181702)
134
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has commissioned research into the effectiveness of programme and case management integration on (a) programme completion and (b) re-offending rates.
(181814)
135
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish the business case for the introduction of contestability and market testing into the National Offender Management Service.
(181815)
136
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he will ensure that multi-agency public protection arrangements boards will continue to function locally under regional offender management arrangements.
(181816)
137
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the inquiry into the fire at Yarl's Wood to be (a) completed and (b) published.
(181817)
138
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the (i) accuracy and (ii) reproducibility of in vitro tests for botox toxicity; and if he will make a statement.
(181806)
139
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to ensure that botulinium toxin for which licences to test on animals have been issued is used only for clinical purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(181807)
140
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the use of the LD50 procedure; and if he will make a statement.
(181808)
141
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licences were issued for the animal testing of botulinium toxin in each year since 1997; how many animals were involved, broken down by (a) breed and (b) type; and how much toxin was involved in each case.
(181809)
142
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many LD50 tests were licensed in each year since 1997 for (a) cosmetics and (b) dual purpose products; how many of the licenses were issued to the Health Protection Agency; how many animals were involved in each case, broken down by (i) type and (ii) breed; and what products were tested.
(181812)
143
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes in (a) Merseyside, (b) Lancashire, (c) Cheshire, (d) Cumbria and (e) Greater Manchester have involved (i) the Forensic Science Service and (ii) a private company in their solution in each of the last 12 months.
(181674)
144
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for police policy and practice of the recent Office of Fair Trading report on doorstep selling.
(181703)
145
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to encourage closer co-operation between the police and trading standards departments to tackle bogus traders and distraction burglaries.
(181704)
146
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce an offence of fraud by false representation as recommended in the Law Commission's report on fraud; and if he will make a statement.
(181705)
147
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce legislation on a fraudulent trading offence for individuals as proposed in the Law Commission's Report Number 277; and if he will make a statement.
(181706)
148
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget for the Greater Manchester Police (a) was for 1997, in capital and revenue terms and (b) is for the current financial year, in cash terms and real terms; and what the percentage change was in each year.
(181757)
149
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers the Greater Manchester Police Force (a) had in 1997 and (b) have now; what the percentage change was in each year; and in which of the last 30 years the force had the highest number of officers.
(181770)
150
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24th June, Official Report, column 1507W, on cycling, what publicity campaigns he has undertaken to encourage pedestrians who are knocked over by cyclists on footpaths and pavements to report the incident to the police.
(181682)
151
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has offered to police forces on (a) the prevention of cyclists using footpaths and pavements and (b) the steps to be taken against cyclists who use footpaths and pavements.
(181683)
152
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will amend the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to exempt all police officers from being required to be available for jury service; and if he will make a statement.
(181750)
153
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he received prior to the inclusion in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 of the provision that police officers would no longer be exempt from jury service.
(181751)
154
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on police efficiency of the obligation upon police officers to be available for jury service, as set out in the Criminal Justice Act 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(181752)
155
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received about the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 removing the exemption for police officers from jury service.
(181755)
Questions to the Chairman of the Information Committee
156
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, what plans the Parliamentary Communications Directorate has to speed up the procedure for logging onto the virtual private network for remote access to the Parliamentary Data and Video Network; and when he expects an improved service to be in place.
(181716)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
157
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the safety of UN-sponsored workers in Darfur.
(181381)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
158
N
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action has been taken to date to ensure that (a) the Real IRA and (b) other illegal organisations spawning from Sinn Fein/IRA in the future will be automatically proscribed.
(181286)
159
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the (a) manufacturer and (b) model are of each endoscope used by each hospital in Northern Ireland.
(181621)
160
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which manufacturers provide automated cleaning and processing equipment to each hospital in Northern Ireland for flexible endoscopes.
(181622)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
161
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many active pirate broadcasting stations the Radiocommunications Agency has identified as operating in the UK in each year since 1997; how many (a) operations and (b) prosecutions the Agency has carried out against pirate broadcasters; what the conviction rate was; what the average custodial sentence was; what the average fine to (i) convicted pirates and (ii) businesses supporting and promoting pirate radio stations was; and if she will make a statement.
(181626)
162
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government has taken to increase small businesses in the constituency of Coventry South since 1997.
(180607)
163
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to consult on the recent report on doorstep selling by the Office of Fair Trading.
(181708)
164
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions she has had with the Home Office on increasing co-operation between the police and trading standards departments to tackle bogus traders and distraction burglaries; and if she will make a statement.
(181709)
165
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects to comply with Article 23/47 of the European Directive on the Internal Market for Electricity Directive 2003/56/EC.
(181679)
166
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with the International Energy Authority about proposals from the European Commission to increase strategic petroleum reserves to 120 days' supply.
(179790)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
167
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures he will take to minimise the effects of the planned rail strike.
(181128)
168
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what methods of tackling road congestion between Manchester and Birmingham he has considered since 10th December 2002 in addition to widening the M6 motorway between junctions 11 and 20.
(181667)
169
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated cost is of his proposal for widening the M6 motorway between junctions 11 and 20.
(181668)
170
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the proposal to widen the M6 motorway between Junctions 11 and 20 has not been entered in the Targeted Programme of Improvements.
(181669)
171
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Highways Agency is not holding public meetings in Droitwich and Worcester as part of its consultation on the A46/M5/M50/A40 route management study.
(181734)
172
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who is being invited to participate in the Highways Agency's consultation on the A46/M5/M50/A40 route management strategy; and how the consultation is being publicised.
(181737)
173
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many footpaths and footways had their status formally changed in each of the past three years in order to allow cyclists to use them legally.
(181684)
174
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, columns 934-5W, on pedestrian/cyclist accidents, what assessment he has made of (a) the problems caused by cyclists using footpaths to access destinations adequately served by cycle paths and roads and (b) the reasons cyclists do this.
(181685)
175
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for the future of Island Line following (a) the termination of the current franchise in 2007 and (b) the end of life of the existing 1938 rolling stock.
(181675)
176
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to retain the flexibility of Ryde Tunnel to take standard railway gauge and light railway tramcar stock.
(181676)
177
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to change the per passenger subsidy to Island Line.
(181677)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
178
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Child Support Agency enforcement actions against non-resident parents who refuse to pay child support maintenance.
(181628)
179
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what factors underlie the decision not to reward parents coming off benefits and into full-time education with the child maintenance bonus under the old scheme and child maintenance premium under the new scheme.
(181629)
180
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is (a) required and (b) provided for people who sell equipment and appliances to disabled people.
(181736)
181
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government has taken to increase job seeking services in the constituency of Coventry South since 1997.
(180606)
182
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will identify for (a) his Department and (b) the agencies and task forces for which it is responsible each funding stream for public services in (i) the Isle of Thanet and (ii) Canterbury City local authority area.
(181701)
183
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support his Department makes available to grandparents who obtain a residence order in respect of a grandchild.
(181810)
184
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which benefits are (a) regarded and (b) disregarded for widows of former miners following payment for personal injury under the Miners' Compensation Scheme.
(181627)
185
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed (a) incapacity benefit and (b) jobseeker's allowance in (i) the West Suffolk parliamentary constituency and (ii) the county of Suffolk in each year since 1997.
(181797)
186
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the child support maintenance assessment for Mrs Julie Hallett of Brixham will be prepared; what the reasons are for the delay; and if he will make a statement.
(181648)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
187
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the lone parent employment rate is as a percentage of the total employment rate in Wales.
[Transferred] (181799)
188
Denzil Davies (Llanelli):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Wales are benefiting from (a) the child tax credit and (b) the child benefit.
[Transferred] (181801)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
189
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason the Royal Parks Constabulary has not merged with the Metropolitan Police; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (181714)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
190
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to tackle the effects of radon in the Kerrier District Council area of Cornwall.
[Transferred] (181711)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
191
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) cash provision and (b) cash outturn was for the (i) Programme Sub-Saharan Africa, (ii) Programme Rest of the World, (iii) Peacekeeping Sub-Saharan Africa and (iv) Peacekeeping Rest of the World requests for resources two subheads in financial years (A) 2001-02, (B) 2002-03 and (C) 2003-04.
[Transferred] (181775)
192
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the oil output in Iraq was being metered up to the point of the dissolution of the Coalition Provisional Authority.
[Transferred] (181758)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
193
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the peace process.
[Question Unstarred] (180485)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
194
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission research into (a) the implications of allowing cyclists to use footpaths and pavements and (b) the effects on older people of cyclists using footpaths and pavements.
[Transferred] (181681)
195
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, columns 934-5W, on pedestrian/cyclist accidents, when he expects information to be available for the number of incidents in 2003.
[Transferred] (181686)

 
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